Director of Choral Activities- Assistant/Associate Professor
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
The University of Alberta Department of Music invites applications for a position as Director of Choral Activities - Assistant/Associate Professor. The position is tenure-track, and applications will be considered at the assistant or associate rank, dependent on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in choral conducting, and have demonstrated a national or international record of excellence directing choral ensembles at both university and equivalent levels. Applications from candidates who are ABD, or who possess extraordinary professional experience, may also be considered. Previous experience in advising and supervising graduate and/or advanced choral conducting students will be considered an asset.

Responsibilities include directing the Department’s nationally recognized graduate program in choral conducting, as well as directing one or more choral ensembles such as the Madrigal Singers, Concert Choir or other. The successful applicant will supervise graduate students at both master’s and doctoral levels, teach the graduate conducting lab, and actively engage in recruitment for the graduate choral conducting program. Additional responsibilities may include the teaching of choral literature seminars as well as introductory and advanced conducting classes at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. In the performance and research area, this position provides opportunities to conduct major choral repertoire, including choral and instrumental works in collaboration with the Department’s other ensembles.

All candidates must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of choral music of all periods, both in performance and teaching environments, with a view to leading and inspiring students to a professional standard both in research and performance. A visionary approach to recruitment and retention of excellent choral conducting students as well as singers will also be expected.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop or continue a strong record of research, primarily in performance, but also in written research if appropriate, in both national and international venues. The Department also values and expects a committed record of service both to the academic and larger professional community.

The University of Alberta has earned a reputation as one of the leading universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research, and service. The University of Alberta is home to 39,000 students in close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses ( The Faculty of Arts is the oldest and most diverse Faculty on campus, and one of the largest research and teaching centres in western Canada. The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city. The Edmonton metropolitan area is the sixth largest in the country with a population of approximately one million.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales:

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and the names of the three referees (see below for more information)
curriculum vitae (CV)
research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research (submit under “Research Plan”). This research statement must include a list of links to recordings, as follows: a video recording of c. 30 minutes of rehearsal, and an audio and/or video recordings of 20-30 minutes of performance, including performances of contrasting styles, showing expertise with a cappella works as well as with instrumental ensembles
teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of (potential for) teaching effectiveness, and sample course outline(s) (submit as an attachment under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")
Applicants are also expected to contact the three referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via e-mail to the Executive Assistant in the Department of Music, Mathew Walton, by the application deadline. Please enter “A110937424 REFERENCE” in the subject line.

All applications and letters of reference can be addressed to the attention of Dr. William Street, Chair, Department of Music.

Review of applications will start on November 23, 2018. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

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